A priority for Serve Washington is the promotion of service and volunteerism to address the needs of communities throughout the state of Washington. There is a strong tradition of volunteerism in Washington, which ranks 17th in volunteer rates in the nation.
Serve Washington, in partnership with the Washington Association of RSVP Directors, sponsors the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards to recognize Washington's citizens who dedicate their time and talents to help others in their communities. Recipients are nominated by public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and state and local governments from across the state.
Serve Washington conducts a statewide search for outstanding individuals that represent the best qualities of the many volunteers who serve their community. The nominations are inspiring and speak to the many ways Washingtonians are getting things done through volunteerism. As always, more nominations are received than awards available.